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April 25, 2014

Wine and cheese stroll offers surprises, big turnout

Corsicana — Thursday's Wine and Cheese Stroll through downtown Corsicana enjoyed perfect weather and helped set the stage for the Derrick Days weekend.

Each of the participating merchants had surprises for the dozens of people who wandered through on the Derrick Days Wine and Cheese Stroll through downtown Corsicana.

Diana Castillo offered a thick, bright green shake made with kale and banana that was surprisingly delicious at her Shall We Dance studio. The stroll was her chance to acquaint visitors to her plans to open a healthy cafe and tea shop in the former Two Doors Down.

Pat Kelly at This and That Antiques has about 100 paintings by Ernest Lucas, former vice president at Miller Hats, some of which are pointillism, some of which are geometric rural settings in primary colors, which she’s selling at a discount this weekend.

Angel Schiffer had more than cupcakes at her Bittersweet Boutique, offering up gourmet chocolate, strawberries, and unique wines from Sugar Ridge winery.

A number of businesses used the stroll as a chance to get new customers in the door and introduce them to something new. VOICE, a non-profit that promotes healthy living, moved into new offices this year, and they poured wine and served up hors d’oeuvres while offering tours of the elegant new headquarters at the Offices at Pocket Park.

“We have a lot more people on the tour this year,” said Lynda Sloan, executive director for VOICE. “We’re excited.”

Nick Veldman turned his butcher shop, Beaton Meat Market, into a kind of cafe with bistro tables and different wines. He was also offering up some of his specialties, including his custom-made jerky, pastramis in different flavors and half a dozen different kinds of cheeses.

Chair of the Derrick Days Committee Fran Townes praised Wine and Cheese Stroll organizer Christina Smith of Double Trouble Duds for all her hard work. Several of the merchants reported running out of wine and cheese they had so many more people show up than expected.

“Everyone’s having a great time. We had a lot more participants this year,” Townes said.



Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at

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